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African Economic Outlook 2013

Structural Transformation and Natural Resources

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The African Economic Outlook is the only annual report that monitors in detail the economic performance of 53 individual countries on the continent, using a strictly comparable analytical framework.

The focus of the 2013 edition if structural transformation and natural resources in Africa. This edition draws lessons from Africa and elsewhere on how to accelerate structural change and amplify the positive force of natural resources. The report also features and overview of Africa's performance and prospects, country notes and a rich statistical annex.

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Congo Republic

OECD Development Centre

Congo’s economic outlook is still quite good but external factors are a major threat. Gross domestic product (GDP) should grow 5.1% in 2013 and 5.3% in 2014. Apart from oil, the main pillars of growth are forestry, transport and telecommunications, and continued government investment in the public sector. These growth rates will depend on faster reforms and proper management of risks from a deteriorating world economic outlook, especially lower demand for oil and thus lower prices. This shows how vulnerable the economy is and the need to diversify it by developing the non-oil private sector.

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